Honorary Graduates

Each year, The Academic Board at Arden carefully select distinguished individuals who merit special recognitions for their achievements and positive lasting impact to society or within their field. 

Arden 2018 Honorary Graduate, Pauline Roach

2018 Pauline Roach 

As part of Arden’s first-ever graduation ceremony, Pauline Roach was awarded an honorary doctorate for her dedication in improving digital skills, and data literacy of people in voluntary and charitable organisations across the West Midlands.  

With over 30 years’ experience in both public and voluntary sectors, and listed in ‘Inspiring Fifty: Europe 2017’ highlighting incredible women in tech careers, Pauline has been recognised for her remarkable commitment in supporting community organisations improve their understanding and skillset. 

In 2016, Pauline was awarded the West Midlands Women of the Year Award for Outstanding Contribution to Technology and was also a finalist that year for the Silicon Canal, Most Influential Female in Technology. 

Her work resonates strongly with our ethos and purpose, to unlock the potential in everyone and widening and diversifying participation.

Find out more about Pauline in the video below.


2019 Neville Staple 

With over 40 years in the music industry, legendary frontman of The Specials, Fun Boy Three and Special Beat, Neville Staple was awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his dedication to local community work and youth projects in Coventry. 

In September 2018, Neville spoke out about the heartbreaking loss of his grandson, who was stabbed to death at the age of just 21, in a local nightclub. Working with local organisations and wider charities promoting the implications of knife crime,

Neville currently works with various groups, including Victim Support, cadet forces, MIND and Music for the Homeless, as well as schools and young offenders. Here, Neville provides talks, performance tips, music lessons and other fundraising activities, with devoted support from his wife, manager and soulmate, Christine ‘Sugary’ Staple. . 

Neville Staple

Neville recently assisted the Lord Mayor to support Coventry in winning the ‘City of Culture 2021’ bid, to help drive positive change in the city, boosting the economic prosperity.


Michael Fuller

2019 Michael Fuller 

In 2004, Michael Fuller became Britain’s first black Chief Constable of Police when he was appointed to lead the Kent force. He had joined the Metropolitan Police as a cadet at the age of 16 and had risen through the ranks over three decades working in both uniformed and CID roles in London. 

He also helped set up the Racial and Violent Crime task force and wrote the action plan for the Metropolitan Police following the Macpherson Inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence. At a time when many ethnic minority officers were leaving the police, Michael helped set up and became the founding Chair of the Black Police Association. 

After retiring from the Police in 2010 Michael was appointed as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office. He was awarded the G2 ‘Man of the Year’ award (2001) in recognition of his contribution to policing and the Queens Police Medal (2004) for ‘distinguished service’.

Michael recently published his memoir entitled ‘Kill the black one first’, which he hopes will inspire others to overcome life’s challenges to achieve success. Arden is proud to award Michael an Honorary Doctorate this year, celebrating and recognising his outstanding work. You can watch the interview with Michael Fuller by clicking on the video below.